Oct. 4, 2011
DENVER - WAC commissioner Karl Benson apologized Tuesday for the delay in Saturday's Hawai`i-Louisiana Tech game in Ruston that was caused when an instant replay review took 22 minutes to conduct.
The review occurred early in the second quarter following a punt by Hawai`i. During the preceding series of downs, a timeout was called by Hawai`i as a third down play was being run. The officials granted the timeout and the play did not count, but the replay official thought the timeout was granted after the completion of the play. Following an incomplete pass on the next play and then the subsequent punt, the replay official buzzed the field to inform the referee that five downs had occurred and that the plays needed to be reviewed.
"I apologize to the Louisiana Tech and Hawai`i student-athletes and coaches, fans and members of the media who had to sit through this excessive delay," said Benson. "It was an embarrassment to the WAC and steps have been taken to prevent something like this from happening again. The instant replay official failed terribly in managing the review process as we have policies in place that state if a particular call can't be overturned in 2 minutes, the play in question must then stand."
The 22-minute delay was one of several issues with the officiating in Saturday's game against Hawai'i, along with confusion with the coin toss, two Louisiana Tech penalties offsetting one Hawai'i penalty and an incorrect moving of the first down chains that allowed Louisiana Tech to incorrectly benefit from a first down.
Louisiana Tech now turns its attention to the Vandals of Idaho. The two teams face each other in the Kibbie Dome in Moscow on Oct. 8.
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